Feature 2021

Not Knowing

Set in the hyper-masculine world of teenage water polo, Not Knowing holds a mirror up to what it means to be young and gay in so many places around the world.


Leyla Yilmaz


Leyla Yilmaz


Senan Kara, Emir Ozden, Yurdaer Okur

Turkey, 95 Minutes

Umut is a young water polo player; a gentle, quiet high school senior, just trying to live his life in a complicated world. When a fellow player spreads a rumour that he’s gay, Umut refuses to deny the allegation, apologise or explain himself.

His parents, distracted by their own marital problems, prove powerless to stem any fallout, as his time in high school becomes increasingly fraught, and things reach a shocking climax.